What I’ve spent on MMORPGs this year

It being the end of August and all, I thought about doing a little inventory of what money I’ve actually spent on MMOs this year. I think I’m actually up over last year, because I know that I didn’t spend very much in online games at all. Most of my gaming purchases still are for new GOG or Steam titles that I want to play on the side, but very few of these are MMOs. So what have I been dropping my allowance on? Let’s tally it up.

World of Warcraft: $25

As far as I can recall, the only thing that I’ve spent money on in this game this year was a single race change, to transform my human Warlock into a gnome. I’ve been coasting on WoW tokens for my subscription, but now that the market has shot way, way up, I’ll probably have to spend real money after this month to play. If I do.

Elder Scrolls Online: $40

This would be for the Morrowind expansion, which I enjoyed all of about five days. As with all ESO purchases to date, I suffer from the buyer’s remorse.

Final Fantasy XIV: $9

This would be for a single month of subscription when I came back to see if I was on board with the whole new expansion train. I was not. I do appreciate how cheap the monthly sub is for this game versus other titles, however. I don’t feel as pressured that I HAVE to be playing because of it.

Guild Wars 2: $70

This is a rough estimate of some gem purchases plus picking up the Heart of Thorns expansion at a discount. I was having a lot of fun for a while there and didn’t regret what I purchased with the gems, although the expansion is still sitting around unused.

Lord of the Rings Online: $47

Mordor expansion ($40) plus one small bundle of currency so that I could get a milestone reduction skill for my new Hunter while I was low on points.

SWTOR: $10

This is a charitable guess. I’m reasonably sure I bought a pack of credits so that I could redo the look on one of my characters, but it was much earlier this year and I have a hard enough time remembering what happened last week.

Total: $201

That seems like a pretty large lump sum of money to me, although it was spread over nine months. As I said, this is more than I’d usually be spending, considering that $180 would cover a year’s subscription in WoW. I don’t regret the LOTRO purchases in particular, but the other ones were much more trivial than useful.

How much have you spent this year in MMOs and on what?

9 thoughts on “What I’ve spent on MMORPGs this year

  1. baldwinp August 31, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    $0.00 over 3 games.

    My main game is Lotro, but I haven’t bought the expansion because of all of the problems with it and the poor implementation of new content generally since SSG separated.

    Second is ESO. I bought this at launch and subbed for awhile, but the base game is so massive, I still haven’t made it through all the zones with my main character. Maybe after I do that I will buy some of the extra content, but for now it would just be a waste and the prices will likely fall over time.

    Third is Neverwinter. I only occasionally pop in for a special event and to level my Warlock. I might play more once they make the changes to enchanting that I read about on Massively. The current system is too complicated to get into for someone who doesn’t play too often.

  2. bhagpuss August 31, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I maintain my All Access sub for my main DBG account and that’s good value because I’ve played a significant amount of EQ2 every month.

    I bought Path of Flames for GW2 and I put $40 into the Ashes of Creation Kickstarter but those amortize over several years. Other than that, nothing that I can recall.

    F2P has been an absolute godsend for me. I play any number of MMOs and pay nothing for the privilege. If I had to I could easily pay nothing at all and still play MMOs 40+ hours a week and be fully satisfied with the experience.

  3. DDOCentral August 31, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    Don’t forget to save money for the DDO Ravenloft expansion this year. You can make an instant Level 10 character and jump right into the Heroic-version quests.

  4. Tyler F.M. Edwards August 31, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    I’m honestly not sure I’ve spent anything on MMOs this year. I know I made some ESO cash shop purchases not so long ago, but I think that was late 2016. Beyond that, I’ve mostly played WoW this year, and I’m covering everything with the WoW Token.

  5. mmojuggler September 1, 2017 / 1:05 am

    I’ve spent $40 for the Mordor expansion on one of my LoTRO accounts, $40 for the Morrowind expansion in ESO, $20 for Aurum in SWL, and $20 in GW2 for gems. $120 total so far.

    There’s nothing else in GW2 or SWL I want to buy, so any future purchases will be in ESO or LoTRO. Unfortunately the single most useful thing in ESO only comes with a sub – the crafting bag, and there isn’t much else I want for sale. Considering buying Mordor for my other account, even though no char is close to needing it… I suppose I could level boost somebody. I might just buy the expanion with store points in Dec.

    Anyway, I think your ~$200 is pretty good considering that included 3 expansions!

  6. tithian September 1, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I’ve spent (the equivalent of) 60$ on a supporter pack for Path of Exile, and maybe another 60$ on SWL when in made the relaunch. My third game of choice is usually Marvel Heroes and I have enough splinters and in game currency stashed that I don’t really need to pay to unlock new heroes.

    I really struggle to think any other MMO related purchase. No subs running any more either. Not bad, I think, considering any other hobby or recreational activity would have easily cost me that sum alone every 2-3 months.

  7. Alunaria September 2, 2017 / 2:02 am

    Gosh, I dare to think about how much I spent on Wow. Too little gold to finance it with the game token 🙂 Ah well, some hobbies cost even more!

  8. Dez Tal September 5, 2017 / 4:02 am

    I came back for the Morrowind Expansion for ESO. So I decided to resub mainly for the crafting bag. But I had cancelled my SWTOR sub until I see where they go from here. So it was really just the expansion where I forked out new money. Warframe has also proven a good diversion with its F2P model so no cash needed there.

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